Grant giving charity, Talbot Village Trust, has donated £30,000 to St. Andrew’s Church in Kinson for vital repairs to be carried out to its community centre.

St. Andrew’s community centre is currently used by various members of the public for different activities throughout the week, such as the Kinson and West Howe Foodbank, a lunch club for over 55s, toddler groups and Messy Church. The funding received from the Trust was used to repair the leaking roof and also refurbish the centre’s bathrooms, providing easier access for people with disabilities. Baby changing facilities were also created for parents using the centre.

Reverend Lee Shirvill, team rector of St. Andrew’s Church, said: ‘‘We are so grateful to have received the generous funding from Talbot Village Trust. Our congregation and members of the public who enjoy using the community centre for various activities greatly appreciate the fact that the funds enabled us to continue to keep the centre open for people to use.

‘‘It is important for us to continue to keep these regular activities running as they are just some of the many ways in which we connect with and serve our community.’’

Russell Lucas Rowe, Trustee, added: ‘‘It is a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to provide St. Andrew’s Church with the funding required to allow the community centre to carry on being enjoyed by all who rely on the space.

‘‘We felt it was necessary to be able to help as we can see what a positive impact the centre has on the wider community.’’

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the Trustees meet again in November.

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